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Actor Spotlight: Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi

Name: Bela Ferenec Dezso Blasko

Birth: October 20, 1882

Death: August 16, 1956

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they play,” is just one of the many iconic lines Bela Lugosi said in his star role of Count Dracula in 1931’s Dracula.

Even after more than 50 years after his death, Lugosi remains an iconic figure in the world of classic movies and horror. He defined the image and characteristics of a vampire; the cape, his charming and suave attitude, and of course his aversion to sunlight and crosses and his affinity for blood. We can see these traits in the majority of vampire movies that have been produced since Dracula.

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Greetings fellow monster lovers!

Boris Karloff as the Monster in Frankenstein (1931)

During the golden age of horror, there was one studio that prevailed over the rest and created some of the most iconic horror characters known to the world – Universal Studios. Even if you aren’t a horror movie junkie, chances are you’ve laid eyes on the suave vampire, Count Dracula; the undying creation of Dr. Frankenstein; the cursed and tormented Wolf Man; and so many more.

The main line-up of monsters that have become legendary through Universal Studios are Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Universal had success with many other horror movies, though, such as the Invisible Man, the Phantom of the Opera, the Creeper, and the Man Who Laughs.

Since their creations, these monsters have been immortalized in pop culture through thousands of clothing and figurines, comic book adaptations, Halloween decorations, movie remakes, and television references. Just do a search on the Internet, and all of your deepest monster desires will be met.

In this blog, I will be focusing on the main six monsters, but posts about every single Universal horror film during this time will be included. News, biographies, merchandise, reviews and the like will be posted to give monster lovers of all shapes and sizes a look into the terrifying world of Universal Monsters.

With so many horror movies these days being focused on gore and cheap thrills, it’s refreshing to see these classics continue to live through the ages.

Poster from the film Dracula (1931)

 

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